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DAFF 2850A - Gender and Development

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No pre-requirements.

Course Description

The course aims at providing an overview of the most relevant components of development studies from a gender perspective. It includes activities by international organisations, ngos, civil society organisations and grassroots movements. The course includes several disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches (law, gender studies, antrhopology, politics, economics) and analyses international legal instruments, tools and specific cases, as well as their implementation at regional and national level. A diverse set of themes is treated : gender sensitive project planning, use of legal instrument as an advocacy tool, women's rights in different areas of development (land, water, food security, food sovereignty, education, health). Students will be involved in seminar and practice exercises.


CANGELOSI, Elisabetta (Consult on Women's Land Rights and Gender Justice. Liase with Civil Society Organisations.)

Course validation

Two seminars /work groups A short paper (1000 words) A final paper (3000 words)

Required reading

  • Pilcher, J and Imelda Whelehan 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies (Key Concepts), Sage, 2004 (pp.10-13, 27-34, 37-41, 56-68, 101-109, 115-119, 124-127, 155-162, 166-168, 176-180)
  • UN Women Annual report 2014-2015
  • World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report -
  • N. Craviotto, The Impact of the global economic crisis on women and women's human rights across regions, AWID 2012 -

Additional required reading

  • Abirafeh L., Lessons from Gender-focused International Aid in Post-Conflict Afghanistan, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn, 2005
  • Austrian Development Cooperation, Gender equality and empowerment of women, 2010
  • AWID, Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of Women Human Rights Defenders, 2013
  • AWID, Understanding religious fundamentalisms for activists, 2013
  • Barcia I. and Penchaszade A. ,Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk, AWID, 2012
  • Bulos G., Transforming Women's Water Burdens into Opportunities, The Journal of Gender and Water, March 2013
  • Butler J., Gender Trouble, Routledge, New York & London, 1999
  • Canadian International Development Agency, The why and how of gender-sensitive indicators, Montreal 1997
  • Chant,S (ed), International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Edward Elgar, 2010
  • Craviotto N. , The Impact of the global economic crisis on women and women's human rights across regions, AWID 2012
  • Doss C. , G. Summerfield G. , Tsikata D. , Special Issue: Land, Gender, and Food Security, Feminist Economics Volume 20, Issue 1, 2014
  • Derbyshire H. , Gender Manual:A Practical Guide for Development Policy Makers and Practitioners, Social Development Division DFID 2002
  • Gheaus A., Gender Justice, Journal of ethics & social philosophy, Vol. 6 no. 1, 2012
  • El Bushra J. , Gender in peacebuilding, International Alert, London, 2012
  • FIDH, Women and the Arab Spring: taking their place? Paris, 2012
  • Forest People Programme, Realizing Indigenous Women's Rights: A Handbook on the CEDAW, 2013
  • Fukuda-Parr S., Heintz J., Seguino S., Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises. Feminist Economics , July 2013
  • IFAD- Gender and Water, Securing water for improved rural livelihoods: the multiple-uses approach, 2007
  • IFAD, Women as Agents of Change, 2003
  • IWRAW, Guidelines for Writing on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Shadow/Alternative Reports, 2010
  • Jaquette,J & Summerfield,G (Eds), Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice, 2006
  • Moro-Coco M., Raaber N. , Getting at the Roots: Reintegrating human rights and gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, 2013
  • Pilcher J., Whelehan I., 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies (Key Concepts), Sage, 2004
  • UN Women, A Short History of the CEDAW Convention (
  • Waldorf A., Assessing the Role of Women in Micro_nance for Water Supply and Sanitation Services, March 2013
  • Water Governance Facility, Mainstreaming Gender in Water Governance Programmes: From Design to Results. WGF Report No. 4, SIWI, 2014
  • Women's Major Group, Strengthening Gender Justice- Recommendations for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2013
  • International documents:
  • International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural rights (
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW):
  • Forth World Conference on Women, Bejing Declaration (
  • Reports:
  • The Millenium Development Goals Report, 2012
  • FAO, State of Food and agriculture 2010-2011: Women in Agriculture, 2010
  • UN Women Annual report 2014-2015
  • World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report 2014